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Rose McGowan is well-known throughout Hollywood as an outspoken supporter of the gay community. But she recently revealed to The Advocate that her activism is quite personal.
The Conan the Barbarian actress, 37, grew up with parents who were members of the infamous Church of God cult. At age 13, she ran away and found solace in the home of drag queens.
"At 13, when I was a runaway, I was taken in by the most amazing drag queens in Portland, Ore. We didn’t always know where our next meal was coming from, but there was so much camaraderie and love," she tells the LGBT magazine.
McGowan insists there were some advantages to her unorthodox situation -- like learning about make-up from the best. "Those girls could paint a face, and I learned how because of them," she says.
Although in her teens she regularly showed up at gay clubs with her guardians, McGowan confesses that she was always secure in her own heterosexuality and never dabbled in bi-curious experimentation.
"I’ve never even kissed a girl," says the actress, who dated Marilyn Manson from 1998 to 2001. "Isn’t that funny? The girls I think are cute look like guys, but then I think, 'But if they open their shirt, they’ll have breasts.'"
But the petite fashionista, who in addition to Conan has several other movies lined up, says there's still time for her to have that experience -- on-screen. "I’d be stoked to do a lesbian love scene," she says. "When asked if I’ve kissed a girl, I could finally say, 'Why, yes, I have. And I got paid.'"